The WA Department of Health has moved to the next phase of its review into the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and the Surrogacy Act 2008. The review, which began in January, is now holding open public consultations with no appointment required. The consultations are being held in Perth on Friday 13th April and in… Continue reading Public Hearings for WA Dept of Health Review into Surrogacy and Reproductive Technology
The reporting deadline for the Religious Freedom Review has been extended. The Australian reports that the original reporting deadline of March 31 was extended to May 18 to give the committee more time to work through the 16,000 public submissions received.
Australia’s national airline has continued its crusade against traditional values by launching a staff guide to kick-start ‘Spirit of Inclusion’ month. News.com.au reports that the guide, written by the airline’s ‘People and Culture’ division, encourages staff to avoid terms such as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ because they “reinforce the idea that people are always in heterosexual… Continue reading Qantas staff encouraged to “minimise manterruptions” but avoid terms including “husband” and “wife.”
Queensland Nationals MP George Christensen has addressed a pro-life rally in Brisbane at the weekend, telling the crowd that the Government’s $9.5 million donation to International Planned Parenthood last year was a “disgraceful act.” Mr Christensen promised to write to Treasurer Scott Morrison in the coming week asking him to divert the funds to pregnancy… Continue reading Queensland: Federal Nationals MP George Christensen labels his government’s $9.5 million Planned Parenthood donation “disgraceful.”
A Canberra magistrate has dismissed charges against two men aged in their 70’s who were charged with engaging in prohibitive behaviour for silently praying outside an abortion clinic. ABC News reports the magistrate dismissed the charges on the basis that the men’s prayer “involved no component of expression, communication or message to those around them.” The… Continue reading ACT: magistrate dismisses case against two men charged for praying outside abortion clinic.
A gay-rights campaigner has withdrawn his case against two Hobart Presbyterian preachers who were taken to Tasmania’s Equal Opportunity Commission accused of homophobic hate speech. According to the Hobart Mercury the case was allegedly withdrawn because the Hobart City Council agreed to “better regulate” street preachers, although there is speculation the case was withdrawn to… Continue reading Tasmania: gay-rights campaigner drops ‘hate speech’ case against Presbyterian street preachers
On Thursday 8th March Rob Van der Linde (ARPA Chairman) and Laurence Van der Plas (ARPA Research Officer) gave evidence to the WA Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices. The 50-minute hearing took place in the Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms. After a ten-minute opening statement in which ARPA was able to explain… Continue reading ARPA gives evidence to WA Joint Select Committee on End of Life Choices
Western Australia’s Health Minister Roger Cook has reaffirmed his willingness to consider introducing ‘safe access’ laws which would restrict protests near abortion clinics. Last week Perth’s 40 Days of Life group, which holds vigils outside a Midland Abortion clinic, was featured in an article in The Age. Meanwhile a pro-life group in the ACT has… Continue reading WA Health Minister reaffirms support for anti-protest ‘safe access’ laws.
The WA Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices will take oral evidence from representatives of religious and advocacy organisations next week. ARPA will give evidence on Thursday 8th March from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. Other organisations appearing that day include Victory Life Centre, the Chief Rabbi of Perth Synagogue and the Archbishop of Perth. Organisations… Continue reading ARPA to testify at WA End of Life Choices Committee hearing.
Western Australia’s Equal Opportunity Commission is hosting a public forum from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 15th March at the State Library Lecture Theatre. The forum, ‘Has political correctness gone mad?’, will address whether laws put in place to deter people from causing offence are impinging on other rights such as freedom of speech and… Continue reading WA Equal Opportunity Commission to host Political Correctness forum on 15th March.
The Australian Christian Lobby has launched a petition calling on Tasmania’s Labor Party to restore its members’ right to a conscience vote on euthanasia. The ACL reports a number of state Labor conferences have voted to strip Labor MPs of their conscience vote on the matter, effectively forcing them to vote in favour of euthanasia… Continue reading Tasmania: ACL petition calls on Tas Labor to restore conscience vote on euthanasia.
Who has not heard of Billy Graham? He played a huge role in American Christianity. What to think of Billy Graham? He was, undeniably, an Arminian. But there is more that should be said about him. Rev. Wes Bredenhof wrote an article about him in his blog yinkahdinay, with the title: Billy Graham: Last of… Continue reading Evangelist Billy Graham died – 21 February 2018
Victoria’s Reason Party (formerly known as the Sex Party) has put a motion before parliament to delete ‘advancement of religion’ from the definition of a charity. If successful, the bill would remove tax exempt status from religious schools and hospitals, as well as other charities including nursing homes. The Australian Family Association in an email… Continue reading Victoria: Reason Party launches bid to remove charitable status from religious groups
WA’s Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices has recommenced public hearings. At least thirty organisations are scheduled to appear by early March, with ten having already appeared since hearings began in December last year. ARPA has also been requested to give evidence and will appear before the committee on Thursday the 8th March at… Continue reading ARPA to testify at WA End of Life Choices Committee hearing
Tasmania faces a House of Assembly (lower house) election on 3rd March. The Australian Christian Lobby has released an online election guide, which includes personal responses and party position summaries from candidates, conveniently sorted according to each electorate. ARPA commends the guide to our Tasmanian readers as we are not in a position to produce… Continue reading Australian Christian Lobby Releases Tasmanian Election Guide
ARPA Australia reports that Pro-Same Sex Marriage groups are openly lobbying the Religious Freedom Review committee for removal of religious exemptions in anti-discrimination laws. ARPA writes: The level of hostility towards Christian values in Australian society became even clearer last week as reports emerged about the content of some of the 13,500 submissions received by… Continue reading Pro SSM groups openly lobbying for removal of religious exemptions
“Australia legalized patient access to medical cannabis at the federal level in 2016, but rules differ at the state level. Recreational news is still forbidden nationwide.” Thus CNN reports in its section ‘Money’. One can wonder why CNN reports this in its ‘Money’ section. The answer is: Marijuana, or cannabis, is big money today. Australia… Continue reading Australia wants to sell pot to the world
While more and more countries and other jurisdictions (individual states or provinces) are working to legalise marijuana, the police in many countries is warning drivers that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. There is quite some discussion about how dangerous and it is clear that the working of marijuana cannot be equaled with… Continue reading USA reverses Obama-policy on marijuana
The Greens in parliament are trying to hijack the discussion about the protection of religious rights which will come up in the New Year, after the legalization of same-sex-marriage. They are planning to use Mr. Ruddock’s review of religious freedoms to introduce some limitations on religious freedom. “There is a difference between the right to… Continue reading Australian Bill of Rights needed?
At least 11 people were killed in an attack on a Coptic Orthodox church and a shop owned by a Christian, in Cairo, Egypt. At least 11 people are killed. This is not the first attack on Christians in Egypt this year. On Palm Sunday n April two bombs exploded in which Christian were targeted.… Continue reading Church attacked in Egypt